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New Toyoda Gosei Fuel Cap Does Not Require Opening or Closing

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. is the first Japanese automotive parts manufacturer to develop and mass produce a “Cap Less Fueling Device” which enables fueling without the opening or closing of the fuel cap, simply by inserting the fuel dispensing nozzle into the device. This device is equipped with conducting capabilities to prevent the ignition of flames that might occur due...

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Bridgestone Develops Tires With Heightened On-ice Performance

This winter, Bridgestone Corp. will again deploy a marketing strategy that places importance on on-ice performance with a focus on their Blizzak VRX studless tires, which have reached their third sales season. According to a survey by the company, the domestic demand for studless tires is approximately 18 million units (2013). The survey shows that, until now, the demand ratio...

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KRMA Pursues Joint Research Into Hydrogen Resistant Rubber Components

The Kyushu Rubber Manufacturers Association (KRMA) launches research into hydrogen resistant rubber parts and starts a joint research project for components for fuel cell cars. Through partnerships with Kyushu University and other local research institutions, the association is pursuing both the independent and joint development of rubber components for fuel cell vehicles, developing items like sealing materials and linings for...

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Natural Rubber Import Volume Increases Almost 7 Percent in First Half

According to figures compiled by The Rubber Trade Association of Japan, the import volume of natural rubber from January to June 2015 was 367,159 tons, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. The import amount was 70.6 billion yen (approximately $500 million), a decrease of 12.1 percent compared to the same period of...

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Rubber Institute in Kansai Holds 54th Annual Entrance Ceremony

The Kansai Rubber Technical Training Course held its 54th annual entrance ceremony on Sept. 2, 2015 at the Chemicals Evaluation and Research Institute, in Osaka, Japan. This year’s class consisted of 43 students, 41 male and two female. This training course was founded 54 years ago in 1962, when the rubber industry in Kansai at the time was experiencing a...

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Kuraray Plans to Expand Genestar Applications to Automotive

Kuraray Co. Ltd. is proactively expanding toward the usage of its polyamide engineering plastic “Genestar” in automobiles. Genestar is a product developed by Kuraray from a unique monomer and boasts a variety of properties including low water absorption, high heat resistance, high chemical resistance, and high dimensional accuracy. The total production capacity is 9,000 tons in Kashima and 4,000 tons...

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